Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment - RD137

Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment

Making Clinical Connections

by Mary Demarest Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN
(4.5 / 197 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (14.00 CPEU)

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New guidelines for diagnosing malnutrition were released in 2011. This course will teach you what you need to know to advance your level of practice by incorporating nutrition focused physical assessment (NFPA) techniques to support your nutrition diagnoses and to provide objective markers to measure health outcomes. The course includes a reference book with over 200 photos and illustrations; the updated (2011) characteristics of malnutrition and case studies to apply what you learned. Topics include: the relationship between nutritional status indicators and changes in overall health; basic components of NFPA; criteria for assessing malnutrition using NFPA (overall appearance, vital signs, skin, hair, nails, hydration, digestive system, bone health); and how to identify potential nutrient deficiencies, water dysregulation and signs of wound healing using NFPA.


At the completion of this session the successful learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between nutritional status indicators and changes in overall health.
  2. Discuss NFPA as a component of Nutrition Care Process.
  3. Describe the basic components of NFPA in terms of body systems and vital signs.
  4. Describe normal appearance for skin, hair and nails.
  5. Identify potential nutrient deficiencies associated with changes in skin, nails and hair using NFPA.
  6. Identify signs of wound healing using NFPA.
  7. Differentiate the three types of water dysregulation using NFPA.
  8. Discuss criteria for assessing malnutrition using NFPA techniques.
  9. Discuss techniques for assessing oral health and mastication.
  10. Discuss techniques used to assess the digestive system.
  11. Identify potential macronutrient deficiencies using NFPA.
  12. Identify potential micronutrient deficiencies using NFPA. 
Important. The online version of this course includes two parts that must be downloaded. Part 1 is a PDF, part 2 is a Case Study Tutorial.

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 3 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3000, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3080, 5000, 5010, 5020, 5030, 5040, 5050, 5090, 5100, 5230, 5280, 5380 and performance indicators: 8.3.1, 8.3.7, 10.1.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 5/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/31/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Faith P - sanford, FL  ·  Jun 30, 2018
It is very detailed. More practice to improve proficiency.
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karyn n - MERRITT ISLAND, FL  ·  Jun 12, 2018
informative reference material provided in book
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Denise M - Los Alamitos, CA  ·  May 31, 2018
I learned a lot about how a person's physical appearance can reveal specific dietary deficiencies.
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Betty M - Brookeville, MD  ·  May 02, 2018
Detailed and comprehensive. Good resource!
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METZLAL D - Catonsville, MD  ·  Apr 22, 2018
Excellent course! This course enhanced my skill relating to my professional practice.
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